New York City is full of cutting-edge public technology, yet with every turnstile, gate, and revolving door, there seems to be one major element missing from its efficiency equation: Efficiency!
The revolving door is one of the biggest offenders of all common public technologies that serve form over function a million times over.
Fundamentally, the revolving door should keep traffic flow constant and steady, but the problem is that No 2 humans move at the same pace! Therefore there is no good automatic speed for the auto-revolving door (ie airport) to always be turning at, and multiple people inside a manual revolving door(ie subway entrance) results in constant awkward, uncomfortably-spaced entries. Inevitably, SOMEONE will prefer to use the normal door next-door that says “use revolving door!”, just begging some brave soul to break its rule.
This whole revolving door+forbidden normal door thing… It’s like a personality test. “How will you handle the pass through?” I personally ALWAYS opt for the regular, easy-access door, no matter what text is written on it (usually a firm “do not use this door!”)… I had to see some normal-looking people go through the alarmed door at the subway exit when the revolving door traffic is too thick— I haven’t had the chance to do it myself yet, but now that I’ve seen the full loop of no-consquences of setting the alarm off combined with the experience of unsatisfying waits trying to go through the “primary” revolving door, I will jump at the chance to exit into the city through the alarmed door when the opportunity comes.